Sleep Apnea - Alpharetta, GA

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Treating Sleep Apnea At the Source

Obstructive sleep apnea refers to a condition where breathing is frequently disrupted due to a blocked airway. Commonly, this obstruction occurs when the tongue has fallen back into the throat during sleep, causing repeated pauses in airflow (cessations). Untreated sleep apnea can be very harmful to overall health primarily because of poor, unnourishing sleep that is linked to cardiovascular and metabolic health issues like heart disease and diabetes. The most common symptom of sleep apnea, snoring, often goes undetected by the sleeper, a reason why many cases of this dangerous condition goes undiagnosed. Patients with sleep apnea who have failed conservative treatments, including nightguards/splints and CPAP, are generally ideal candidates for orthognathic surgery to permanently widen the upper airway by moving the lower and upper jaws forward. Many times, orthognathic surgery, also known as maxillomandibular advancement surgery, improves or eliminates symptoms of sleep apnea, improving the bite and speech, and creates a more esthetic facial appearance by correcting anatomical issues with the jaw.

Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea

  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Disturbed, unrestful sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Chronic daytime fatigue
  • Loss of productivity
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

Skilled Orthognathic Surgery for Sleep Apnea

Orthognathic surgery is considered one of the most beneficial and safe surgeries for patients suffering from severe forms of sleep apnea, providing a dramatic improvement in sleep, symptoms, and overall quality of life. Orthognathic surgery completed by Dr. Loetscher is highly successful at treating sleep apnea, with very few patients experiencing even minor post-operative complications. As an oral surgeon, Dr. Loetscher is an expert in corrective jaw surgery and with over 25 years of specialized experience, is considered the go-to surgeon in Alpharetta, GA and the metro Atlanta area for surgical treatment of sleep apnea.

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